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Gary Hartley is Energy Saving Trust's expert blogger. He has extensive experience researching and writing on a number of topics, with particular expertise in sustainable energy, policy, literature and sport. As well as providing regular blog content, Gary has also been published in numerous...

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Energy and water efficiency at home renewables solar PV generating electricity

Getting the most out of solar electricity

With almost 800,000 installations across the UK to date, it’s clear that there’s something attractive about solar PV . By using the sun’s energy to generate electricity , you can save money on your electricity bills, earn money from the electricity you generate and that you sell back to the grid,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 09/08/2017 - 16:06

09/08/2017

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Energy and water efficiency at home refurbishment home improvements extensions

Turning a home extension into an energy saving opportunity

• Space and warm rooms key issues for householders • Going beyond Building Regulations can bring gains • Insulation, heating and lighting to tackle as you extend In the last three years, 16 per cent of homeowners have extended their property. It can be an attractive idea: it adds space and value,...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 02/08/2017 - 13:23

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Energy and water efficiency at home Superhomes Retrofitting Sustainable homes

A decade of SuperHomes: Be inspired by eco-retrofitting

SuperHomes has been throwing open the doors of some of Britain’s most sustainable properties for ten years. This drone footage is a shining example of how a home can be retrofitted to be eco-friendly, sustainable and low carbon. Unlocking energy efficiency So what makes a home Super? First and...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 31/07/2017 - 15:45

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Energy and water efficiency at home kitchen home appliances energy efficient appliances

Applying energy efficiency principles in your new kitchen

• Kitchen refurb may be ideal for appliance update • Consider what you actually need • Tech advances and cost decreases for 'best in class' products Are you thinking about a new kitchen? If so, it might also be the time to consider replacing some of your old appliances. Energy efficiency in home...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 24/07/2017 - 15:41

24/07/2017

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Transport electric vehicles charging infrastructure charging network

Queen’s seal for electric ‘filling stations’

• Charging facilities featured in Queen's Speech • Where and how do people want to 'fill up' their electric vehicles? • Location, technology issues still to iron out A notable part of the Queen’s Speech last month was the announcement that petrol stations and motorway service stations will be...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 17/07/2017 - 14:12

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International electricity grid energy grid renewables

Grids just keep getting greener

Total global investment in renewables was down last year – but that’s not as bad a thing as it initially sounds. The cost of getting solar , wind and other green energy projects off the ground has plummeted – so despite the overall drop in investment, 2016 was still a record year in terms of...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 10/07/2017 - 15:16

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International energy efficiency climate change

Energy efficiency: an underrated resource of our age

Recent sustainable energy news has been, at best, downcast, focusing on the United States’ Government’s decision to back out of the Paris climate deal. But running in contrast to this, here’s the good news. It appears that energy efficiency has been hugely underestimated by major international...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Thu, 06/07/2017 - 15:21

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Green strategy and politics engineering home energy energy efficiency

Engineers back energy saving as UK priority

In 2015, Energy Saving Trust supported a Frontier Economics report that made a compelling case for home energy efficiency to be considered an infrastructure priority in the UK. The case, when broken down, was a simple one: the multiple benefits of giving energy efficiency the same status as other...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Tue, 27/06/2017 - 15:01

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Products and technology innovation energy innovations green innovations

5 eye-catching green innovations

Cooking food and cleaning water, pollution solutions and quirky sources of electricity are just some of the technological breakthroughs that have stood out recently. Let’s take a closer look. Air pollution to energy? Belgian researchers have come up with a small but clever device that cleans air...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Mon, 26/06/2017 - 14:33

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Transport Clean air pollution electric vehicles

Why we're backing Clean Air Day

• It’s National Clean Air Day this week • Change on the roads needed • Low-emissions choices bring benefits National Clean Air Day is this Thursday (15/06) – and Energy Saving Trust is supporting it. We spoke to Group Director of Transport, Andrew Benfield, about why the awareness-raising campaign...

Submitted by Gary Hartley on Wed, 14/06/2017 - 08:51

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